SUS­TAIN­ABLE HEAT AT YOUR CON­TROL

Whether you are ren­o­vat­ing or start­ing a new build, fu­ture­proof­ing your home is likely to be high on your agenda

Homebuilding & Renovating - - Advertorial Nibe Energy Systems -

One way your home can pro­vide you with as much warmth and com­fort as you need, and for many years to come with­out the need to rely on tra­di­tional fu­els such as gas, oil or LPG, is via mother na­ture it­self — har­nessed, of course, by the ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy found in a heat pump.

Off-grid Op­tion

Heat pumps can sup­port and pro­vide the re­new­able en­ergy needed for an all-en­com­pass­ing heat­ing and hot wa­ter sys­tem for any sized home, and one so­lu­tion pop­u­lar in off-grid ar­eas is a ground source heat pump.

A ground source heat pump (GSHP) gen­er­ates heat from the con­stant tem­per­a­ture found be­neath the sur­face of the ground. Depend­ing on the lo­ca­tion of your prop­erty, this can be col­lected via loops laid lat­er­ally in the ground ad­join­ing the prop­erty or via a bore­hole. The loops col­lect nat­u­ral heat found be­neath the sur­face and trans­fer this via a fluid through to a com­pres­sor which raises the heat to an even higher tem­per­a­ture. The heat pump then trans­fers this heat into the cen­tral heat­ing sys­tem for warmth or hot wa­ter. The cooled fluid is then passed through the loops back into the ground where it ab­sorbs fur­ther en­ergy in a con­tin­u­ous process for as long as heat is re­quired.

This sys­tem is ideal for de­liv­er­ing heat through ra­di­a­tors and un­der­floor sys­tems and of­fers a more con­stant tem­per­a­ture than more tra­di­tional forms of en­ergy.

Re­turn on your In­vest­ment

An­other key ben­e­fit to us­ing a re­new­able heat source such as a GSHP is the pay­ments you will re­ceive fol­low­ing its in­stal­la­tion. The UK gov­ern­ment’s Re­new­able Heat In­cen­tive (RHI) pro­gramme is aimed at sup­port­ing home­own­ers who take that next step. The scheme as­sesses how much en­ergy sav­ing your home will make fol­low­ing the in­stal­la­tion of your heat pump and then cal­cu­lates a se­ries of monthly pay­ments over a seven year pe­riod. In most cases these can off­set the ini­tial in­vest­ment and even de­liver a small profit. Cur­rent GSHP tar­iffs have re­cently seen an in­crease in pay­ments from 19.64p/kwh to 19.86p/kwh. For ex­am­ple, a Nibe GSHP fit­ted in a typ­i­cal four bed­room house with a to­tal en­ergy de­mand of 25,000kwh could gen­er­ate an­nual pay­ments of around £3,623 — which is £25,361 over the seven-year pe­riod.

In ad­di­tion to this fi­nan­cial ben­e­fit, your re­new­able en­ergy sys­tems can also in­crease run­ning ef­fi­ciency and re­duce your home’s car­bon emis­sions. For ex­am­ple, a GSHP has a gen­er­at­ing ef­fi­ciency of be­tween 400% and 500% in com­par­i­son to a tra­di­tional boiler, which op­er­ates at just 90% ef­fi­ciency.

Re­mote Con­trol

A Nibe heat pump sys­tem gives home­own­ers even greater con­trol of their com­fort zones with the use of Uplink™. This re­mote sys­tem lets you con­trol your heat pump from wher­ever in the world you may be. It al­lows you to man­age and mon­i­tor your heat­ing and hot wa­ter pro­vi­sions via smart tech­nol­ogy on a phone, PC or tablet, so you can op­ti­mise your en­ergy con­sump­tion and lower your costs, and in turn cre­ate the per­fect in­door cli­mate. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit nibe.co.uk.

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